KEY POINTS

  • Edelson's firm filed a lawsuit against Erika Jayne and Tom Girardi accusing them of embezzling money intended for plane crash victims
  • Jayne should have "changed tacks" once she became aware of her estranged husband's legal scandal, the lawyer said
  • Edelson said "RHOBH" Season 11 has been helpful to their case against Jayne and Girardi and given them "a lot of evidence"

Erika Jayne's lavish lifestyle has not changed amid her legal woes, lawyer Jay Edelson has claimed.

During an interview on the "Reality Life With Kate Casey" podcast Wednesday, Edelson weighed in on Jayne's recent revelations on "Real Housewives of Beverly Hills" about the changes in her life since she filed for divorce from estranged husband Tom Girardi in November last year.

The attorney noted that Jayne, who is reportedly getting paid as much as $600,000 for Season 11 of the Bravo series, still has her "glam squad."

Edelson also commented on the current housing situation of the reality star, who complained on "RHOBH" that she's "poor" and called the $10,000-per-month apartment she moved into after her split from Girardi "tiny."

"The idea that you're slumming in a $10,000 a month place is really offensive. She's got a lot of fans, but I doubt many of them are spending $10,000 a month to live. I doubt many of them have glam squads," the lawyer said on the podcast.

Edelson’s firm filed a class-action lawsuit against Jayne and Girardi in December 2020 accusing the former couple of embezzling settlement money intended for families of victims killed in a 2018 plane crash.

The reality star is also being sued for $25 million by the trustee who is overseeing the bankruptcy case involving Girardi's former law firm, Girardi Keese. The trustee alleged that the firm covered expenses for Jayne's glam, PR, assistants and credit card bill while the two were married.

While Jayne has maintained that she knew nothing of her ex's alleged legal wrongdoings, Edelson claimed that the singer's actions on Season 11 of "RHOBH" are somewhat suspect.

"This whole thing [she said of], 'Oh, I've got these homes I’ve never even heard of. Let me Google where they are.' All of it is just so tone deaf," the attorney said. "Her character, the one that she’s portraying is this, 'I've got tons of money and I don't give an F.' That's totally fine. That's great. It makes great reality TV. But it stops the second you stole money from widows and orphans."

According to Edelson, Jayne should have "changed tacks" once she became aware of her estranged husband's legal scandal and done something positive for the victims.

"Maybe, you want to do something to actually make sure those people are made whole. She could do that," he added. "She could do a fundraiser in a second and pay off the $2 million in the judgment that are owed to these people."

The lawyer went on to say that the latest season of "RHOBH" has been helpful to their case against Jayne and Girardi because "it's given us a lot of evidence."

Edelson also recently told Fox News that they have served a subpoena to Bravo producers seeking any unaired footage of "RHOBH" that includes Jayne. The lawyer said he believes Bravo has "hundreds of hours of unaired footage, as well as documentary evidence, which directly relates to this case."

However, Jayne's lawyer, Evan Borges, told the outlet that he hadn't seen the subpoena and characterized the move as "a fishing expedition or desperation move if it is directed at Erika."

"I keep explaining that there is no hidden treasure, which we have supported by providing counsel for the bankruptcy trustee with all relevant bank account and financial information in Erika’s possession," Borges said.

Meanwhile, an unnamed source told Us Weekly that Jayne plans to "demand a high paycheck" if she comes back for "RHOBH" Season 12 after her public drama caused ratings to soar.

Erika Jayne “Real Housewives of Beverly Hills” star Erika Jayne is pictured Feb. 12 in Los Angeles. Photo: Getty Images